There is power in naming.
Listen to explore the connections between place and naming through the history and cultural significance of the mbira musical instrument in Zimbabwe.
In conversation with Thabo Muleya
In conversation with Thabo Muleya from Pitt Rivers Museum on Vimeo.
Thabo Muleya is a Multaka-Oxford volunteer from Zimbabwe. In this video Thabo explains the long history of the mbira in Southern Africa, and its cultural significance, especially to the Shona people. In his personal narrative we witness the attempted disempowerment of the mbira in colonial Zimbabwe and the triumph of the instrument as an emblem of resistance and independence. Thabo’s narrative is accompanied by clips of mbira player Miles Ncube.
In conversation with Thabo Muleya (longer edit) from Pitt Rivers Museum on Vimeo.
In conversation with Thandi Wilson
In conversation with Thandi Wilson from Pitt Rivers Museum on Vimeo.
Thandi Wilson worked at the Pitt Rivers Museum as a Collections Officer for the MultakaOxford project. In this video she discusses the significance of the mbiras displayed in the Museum to herself, both as a long-time Oxford resident and part of the Zimbabwean diaspora.